I’ve got to tell you, this is “the best” banana bread ever. It’s soft and moist and oh so good with a good dollop of Nutella swirled into it. Nutella has that magic power which makes everything better don’t you think?
I tried many recipes through the years and really tried to like Banana Bread. But never came across one that made me think that it was worthy to be made again. They were usually very dense and dry, so not very pleasant at all. The other day I once again found myself with a bunch of bananas that were going bad. I had no choice but to give it another try. Went through a few recipes, took some notes and when I found a recipe which said “Nutella Swirl”, I was sold : ) I made a few little changes to the recipe; used vegetable oil instead of the butter as I really like the texture of cakes made with oil. I was out of milk so used cream instead and added a handful of roughly chopped walnuts to the mix. The result was just perfect, the best Banana Bread I’ve ever made.
I know some people aren’t big fans of Nutella for obvious reasons, well I’m not one of them : ) I do enjoy a moderate consumption of Nutella every now and then. You can use home-made hazelnut spread instead or just add some chopped chocolate into the batter.
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup Nutella (about 70 gr)
- ½ cup brown sugar (100 gr)
- 5 Tbs vegetable oil (75 ml)
- ¼ cup heavy cream (60 ml)
- 1,5 cup flour (210 gr)
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts (65 gr)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease and line your loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Heat Nutella in the microwave so it has a pourable consistency (you can also do this over a double boiler).
- Mash bananas using a fork and place in the bowl of your stand mixer.
- Add the oil, sugar and vanilla extract, beat together for a few minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time and blend well.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add the flour mixture into the batter in three batches, alternating with the heavy cream. Mix just until blended on the lowest speed.
- Mix in the walnuts and pour batter into your loaf pan.
- Pour over the softened Nutella and swirl gently using a toothpick in order to slightly mix it with the batter.
- Bake for 55-60 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool for 15 minutes in the pan then transfer on to a cooling rack.
- Oh and enjoy a slice or two while it's still warm : )
Recipe adapted from www.zoebakes.com